Assistant General Counsel

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Requisition Number STA - 201000000627
Job Title Assistant General Counsel
Job Description
This position will be located with a team of attorneys and support staff either on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton or in the UNT System building in Dallas. Travel to other UNT System locations is required to provide the high quality client service that is the hallmark of the office.

The University of North Texas System Office of General Counsel has an immediate opening for an Assistant General Counsel to join a dedicated team of attorneys. The University of North Texas System includes the UNT System Administration in Dallas, the University of North Texas, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and the University of North Texas at Dallas. The UNT System Office of General Counsel includes eleven attorneys and six support staff. The Assistant General Counsel will provide comprehensive legal advice and assistance to UNT System and its component institutions under the direction of a Senior Associate General Counsel.

This position will have a specific portfolio in the areas of business, finance and transactional matters, including all legal aspects of contract negotiation, drafting, review, and approval. This position will provide legal advice and guidance regarding finance and procurement, copyright & trademark, real estate, construction, leasing, licensing, sponsored research, export control, and other matters relating to business law, as well as public information requests relating to business, finance and transactional matters. The assistant general counsel will have direct client contact with special emphasis on purchasing, facilities, research, and financial affairs departments and administrators within the University of North Texas System and its component institutions.

As an office that is fully committed to excellence, the UNT System Office of General Counsel works collaboratively to deliver advice to our higher education clients in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The Assistant General Counsel is expected to have an appreciation for the mission of higher education and a commitment to proactive lawyering and client training. The Assistant General Counsel will provide legal advice, assist in the drafting of policies and procedures, and recommend courses of action to resolve legal, procedural, or administrative issues in compliance with all applicable legal standards. The Assistant General Counsel will conduct legal research and provide analysis, written and oral advice, and training as needed to keep the institutions and the members of the Office of General Counsel current on laws and regulations impacting assigned areas.

In addition to an expectation that candidates be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to research complex legal issues and prepare legal opinions and documents, candidates for the position should also expect to be able to offer evidence of:

  • An ability to work collegially and to represent university clients in an ethical, professional, and tactful manner.
  • An ability to identify and frame complex legal issues and to convey advice clearly and effectively to non-lawyers.
  • An ability to recognize and communicate with the General Counsel and other members of the office about matters of significance affecting the UNT System and its component institutions.
  • An ability and willingness to engage in creative thinking and problem solving.
  • An ability to establish cooperative working relationships with members of the Office of General Counsel and with the varied constituents within the UNT System and its component institutions.
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills.
  • The ability to work independently and to be self-motivated while handling multiple assignments in an array of substantive areas with moderate supervision.
  • A strong sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn new areas of the law quickly.
  • Discretion and the ability to gain trust and maintain confidences.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants should have at least one year of experience with demonstrated achievement, and a commitment to public service and specifically the mission of higher education. The successful candidate will be licensed to practice law and in good standing in Texas, or eligible to be licensed in Texas within one year from the date of employment. A JD or LLB from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
  • Three or more years of relevant experience are strongly preferred

Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions
Driving University Vehicle? No
Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Substitution of Experience/Education No
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Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter, a list of three professional references and a writing sample with their online application. Writing sample should not be more than six pages.

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      Posted: 6/8/2018
      Application Due: 8/7/2018
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